Standing in front of us, a group of musicians are alternately booed and applauded. Sitting in front of them, a mini audience changes its mind after each performance, a cheerleader keeps cheering them on, and a sportscaster provides commentary. Like a miniature society, the characters of One Song expose their desires and frustrations, rehearsing a ritual about goodbyes and new beginnings. After Milo Rau, Faustin Linyekula, and Angélica Liddell, Miet Warlop is the fourth artist to take up the challenge issued by the NTGent to create a History/ies of Theatre like only she knows how. A staging of her own obsessions to help us feel the faults and ecstasies of our expectations and invites us to form a community. A creation as collective encounter which weaves together present, past, and future, with a requiem written in 2005 as cornerstone. An eternal and repetitive play, which never really ends and which this collective experience allows us to transcend.
With Simon Beeckaert, Kris Auman, Elisabeth Klinck, Willem Lenaerts, Milan Schudel, Melvin Slabbinck,Joppe Tanghe, Karin Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe With the participation of Imran Alam, Stanislas Bruynseels, Judith Engelen, Flora Van Canneyt
Conception, direction and set design Miet Warlop Music Maarten Van Cauwenberghe Text Miet Warlop with artistic advice from Jeroen Olyslaegers Dramaturgy Giacomo Bisordi Assistante dramaturgy Kaatje De Geest Lights Dennis Diels Sound Bart Van Hoydonck Costumes Carol Piron
Production NTGent & Miet Warlop, Irene Wool vzw Co-production Festival d’Avignon, DE SINGEL (Antwerp), Tandem Scène nationale (Arras Douai), Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne Centre dramatique national, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La Comédie de Valence, Centre dramatique national Drôme – Ardèche, Teatre Lliure, Barcelona With the support of the Flemish Government, the City of Gent, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government With the help of Frans Brood productions